The objective of the research in this team is, on the one hand, to reflect on the legitimacy for the State, and probably even its obligation, to continue the financial support of churches, religious and faith-based organisations in present-day context. Continuation of such support may, among others, enhance the risk of creating a disequilibrium between secular and religious values in Europe. On the other hand, the research will need to be completed with a study of the relevance of the methods of financial State support and a prospective reflection on possible new models, that better respond to the important above-mentioned changes that have occurred in European societies over the last decades. It may mean that a common European framework, with a view to a possible harmonisation of the national models, would offer a number of considerable advantages.
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